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Sli Installed. Which Card?


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#1 xtinctss

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 02:09 PM

Umm, I installed my second SLI card. Set up the MB and BIOs for it (I think!). Which card should I use for the display? I as as I plug into one card and the disply works. I plug into the other I have a black screen. Is this right or is something wrong?

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 11:17 PM

You need the bridge connecting the 2 cards in the computer and to hook up the monitor you need the Y-cable allowing both video cards to be hooked to the same monitor. Also, you cannot run 2 or more display off of an SLI or crossfire setup.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 06:29 PM

Hmm just a quick little correction here. Nvidia SLI does not use a Y cable it uses a little piece that connects the cards inside the case. This should have come with the cards or your motherboard. This will let the two cards talk to each other. The Y type cable is for ATI crossfire.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 10:35 AM

So should it make a difference which card I plugged into?

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 03:33 PM

Not sure... but basically plug it into the slot that you get video from...

Check the manual it might be written in there..

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Posted 17 September 2006 - 12:27 AM

You need both to get it to work. One connects the cards in the case, and the other hooks up both cards to one monitor. Look it up. I dont mean to offend but please have your facts straight.

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Posted 17 September 2006 - 08:01 AM

Me neiter but just google around sli and you will see that SLI only requires the bridge on the inside and no Y cable and that crossfire uses a different system that doesn't require the bridge on the inside but a y cable on the outside.

Edited by Klinkaroo, 17 September 2006 - 08:02 AM.


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Posted 17 September 2006 - 01:58 PM

Actually, ATi is now making a new Crossfire setup which requires the use of a bridge on the inside. It's to get rid of the Crossfire Master/Crossfire Slave getup.

Edited by legoman786, 17 September 2006 - 01:58 PM.

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Posted 17 September 2006 - 04:12 PM

When using two cards in SLI mode only the master card will output frames.
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Posted 17 September 2006 - 05:17 PM

Dont you have to connect both cards together in SLI to one monitor? Thats how I have seen it. I've also seen the Crossfire setup done the same way.

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 12:48 AM

On high-end cards you need the SLI connector to connect the cards. You can have the cards hoked up to several monitors, but only one will show a picture. You can in the driver switch from SLI to multi-monitor mode on the fly.
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